It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through 2016 and that the longest day will soon be upon us, but the recent spell of good weather has given us all a boost!!!
We have been re fitting the kitchen and my old adage that life gets in the way of training has definitely been the case over the last few weeks. With just under 3 weeks to go until the first triathlon of my season it is my trainers that need to see some action. I am confident that I can cover the distances, but I want to do myself justice and not just do it – not that I am competitive at all!!
Bank holiday Monday saw us take to the sea in Colwyn Bay with Uswim. The kids went on kayaks and SUP and Christina and I hit the water. Sea swimming is a different kettle of fish, now this sounds daft but its salty! The taste of the water is the first thing, and then the fact that it moves, you really have to keep sighting, adjusting your direction and ensuring you have high arms so as to not catch the swell. Also let’s just say it was fresh…… Christina completed her mile and I did 2k – it then took me a while to thaw out..
We have spent the second half of half term in the caravan just north of Keswick, the weather was unprecedented, with wall to wall sunshine high temperatures, views to die for and a great few days. For the first time ever we went lake swimming in our own, a quick dip in Bassenthwaite and Buttermere – fantastic.
As with skiing, your brain takes over when you are on your own, in an event we swim with no other thoughts – but when on your own your mind starts to take over and you do not swim as far, out or for as long – probably a sensible thing but I would love to do more. Buttermere in particular is a favourite, clear, wild, isolated and a real sense of adventure – not least the drive to get there.
I was able to get out on the bike for a spin, to the COOP and back, but I did lap Bassenthwaite a 19 mile round trip completed in an average speed of 16.8mph – tri bars next to see how they go and what affect the have on my speed. Should be interesting and I will sell tickets for the comedy show of when I first try them!!! I also did a quick spin with the boy, we were really checking out where the pub was but ended up doing a big climb – be did great – listen carefully and he does not say what you first think he says!!!
Sunday saw us compete in the first of the Epic Events Swims in Derwent Water, Keswick, or should that be Costa del Keswick. Fantastic conditions, fantastic weather and a fantastic swim. Christina did the 1 mile in 36 minutes and I did the 3.8k in 1 hour and 5 minutes coming 28th out of 250 starters. Have to be pleased with that!!!
It is a slower swim than Ullswater simply due to the fact that you cannot see the course, it goes round an island, and also that the reaches between the buoys are massive meaning it is a lot easier to go off course – something I did quite well. One chap clocked 4.3k on his Garmin!!
So onwards to the first tri of the season on the 26th June, better get training!!!